kamarband-e Šekârgar, ~ Orion
Fr.: Ceinture d'Orion
Three prominent stars in the central regions of the constellation → Orion that align to form the "belt" of the mythological Hunter. They are → Alnitak, → Alnilam, and → Mintaka. The easternmost star Alnitak is separated from the middle one, Alnilam, by 1°.36, and the westernmost Mintaka has an angular distance of 1°.23 from Alnilam. Their distance is between 800 and 1,300 light-years from Earth. They probably formed inside the same molecular cloud less than 10 million years ago.